According to Local 8 News, 3 backcountry skiers were rescued from Grand Teton National Park on Sunday after they lost their way due to poor visibility. The three skiers were planning to ski Rock Springs Bowl, when they encountered poor visibility right after leaving the Jackson Hole Ski Area boundary. One of the missing skier’s girlfriend contacted the Teton County Search and Rescue after receiving a text message that the backcountry skiers were in trouble and needed help.
Around 7:00pm on Saturday, Park Rangers were notified of the missing skiers. Eventually, they were able to establish connection with the men via text message. At the crack of dawn on Sunday, two Park Rangers and two Ski Patrols ventured into the backcountry and located the men’s tracks on a run called Cam’s Run.
Once they located the men, they were able to bring them back to Teton Village at approximately 1:15pm on Sunday. The three skiers were equipped with basic backcountry gear including avalanche beacons, probes, and shovels, but they lacked food, water, extra clothing, and other emergency equipment. The men were rescued without any injuries. They survived the night by building a snow cave and starting a fire to stay warm. Despite the fact that the backcountry runs were closed, the men ignored the signs and went anyway. As you can tell, it didn’t work out too well for them, but we are happy that they were safely brought back to their families.